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Ramli John

Entrepreneur • Advisor Toronto, Canada Area, CA

Hacker turned Lean Startup advocate, startup mentor and professional speaker. University of Waterloo Comp Sci with Ivey MBA.

Hacker turned Lean Startup advocate, startup mentor and professional speaker. University of Waterloo Comp Sci with Ivey MBA.

9 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Product
  • Back End Engineering
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Product
  • • Back End Engineering

Involved In




Independent Growth and Inbound Marketing Consultant Ramli Lean Solutions 2013 - present
Growth Hacker (Consulting Contract) Crowdcurity June 2014 - October 2014
Inbound Marketing Manager (Consulting Contract) ListenLoop January 2014 - April 2014
Co-founder, Growth Hacker, CEO FamilyTales October 2012 - December 2013
Social Media Senator, Ivey MBA 2013 Richard Ivey School of Business March 2012 - March 2013
Systems Analyst PepsiCo 2008 - March 2012
Project Co-ordinator (co-op) Symcor May 2007 - August 2007
Quality Assurance Analyst (co-op) Symcor January 2006 - December 2006
Technical Support Analyst (co-op) Psion Teklogix June 2005 - August 2005
Central Support Representative (co-op) Shoppers Drug Mart September 2004 - December 2004


The University of Western Ontario - Richard Ivey School of Business Entreneurship, Marketing, Strategy 2012 - 2013
University of Waterloo Actuarial Science, Computer Science, Mathematical Optimization 2003 - 2008

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Engineering
  • • B2B sales
  • • Business Development
Markets of Interest
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Hardware
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Project management • MS Project • Business Analysis • Xml • Microsoft Office

Key Accomplishments

I'm a software developer turned lean startup guru. I've mentored several startup teams in Lean Startup Machine (LSM) in Toronto and San Francisco. I've also spoken at various LSM events in Canada and U.S. and recently in the Lean Startup conference in San Francisco. I consider myself a hacker. I'm not a very proficient programmer. My strengths are my drive (get-shit-done attitude), friendliness (I build connection with people easily) and boldness (I've spoken in front of 500+ people).

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Rob Mackenzie
They're my school  •  Founder, Previously MBA Candidate ('13) Ivey School of Business, and Account Manager, Ricoh Canada.
Had the opportunity to work with Ramli in the past and he's a great asset to any team. Excellent blogger & speaker who knows how to attract ... the right kind of attention.
Ali Tariq
We worked together at FamilyTales
Ramli has great energy for what he's passionate about and is hungry to win. He's a hard worker, a true hustler, and will do anything to make ... things happen. But he also takes the time to think through some core strategies related to Lean Startups, so be assured that he has a strong sense of direction. He will force you to challenge your assumptions and strengthen your arguments. And how do you keep him hungry? Feed him results! A great partner in crime, for sure!
Matt Gray
They're my friends
Able to empathize with the customer and super outgoing. He's a hustler.
Jonathan Goldberg
They're my friends  •  President & CEO, Kimberfire Inc.. Previously Associate, Investment Banking, National Bank Financial Inc..
Ramli has experience bringing ideas to fruition on both the business and technical aspects of development. I believe he would be a great fit ... for any project he is interested in getting behind.
Hafiz Vellani
They're my school  •  Previously VP of Business Development @ BNOTIONS, Business Development Manager @ Pivotal Labs, Product and Sales Guy
Lean stat up expert. Knows how to programs. Extremely knowledgable in technology and consumer habits. Very organised and has gone down the s ... tartup road multiple times. Knows what it means to fail but also knows what it takes to pivot an idea.
James Wallace
They're my friends
Ramli is already a great entrepreneur. He's focused and determined, yet inquisitive. Ramli's very well equipped and capable, but humble en ... ough to be continuously searching for new and better ways to solve problems. He's both a solid strategizer and executor. He's sure to provide deep value to any startup team.
Beatrice Law
We worked together at FamilyTales
With experiences in computer science and programming, Ramli demonstrates strong expertise in web app and mobile development. Technical skill ... s aside, where I believe Ramli can add the greatest value to a team is his natural ability to serve as an inspiring mentor to all those around him. I know very few people with his drive, zest for success, and comprehensive knowledge of technical skills, entrepreneurship, and network. Ramli is a strong team player, as well as a broad-minded engineer who can take on even the most challenging projects. He has shown accurate analytical capability and willingness for both personal and professional development. It was a pleasure to work with Ramli and I would highly recommend anyone who has the opportunity to work with him to take it.
Edmund Nopuente
We worked together
Ramli's drive to succeed makes him a great entrepreneur. He is highly motivated and takes time to help others.
They're my friends
Ramli is one of those individuals who are relentless in their pursuit of an idea. His work and writings around the application of lean start ... up methodology is increasingly being recognized amongst his peers, including a response from Buffer CEO Joel Gascoigne to one of his blog posts

Jonathan Goldberg
They're my mentor
I see great entrepreneurs are visionaries who are doers. Jonathan is both. Without any previous knowledge of social media, he was able to pu ... sh through and get over 2,000 likes on Kimberfire's FB page. He is already post-revenue and has proven the business model. He just needs the Kimberfire process to the web so he can scale his business.

Jonathan Goldberg
They're my friends
Jonathan is an excellent entrepreneur who always puts his clients' first.

Rob Mackenzie
We worked together
He's had experience before. Previously, he started his own College Painter Pro franchise business. He did that during college. I've also wor ... ked with him in a startup for about 6 months. He's very dedicated and analytical. He's lean startup disciple who's bold enough to experiment and ask the right questions to find answers

Hafiz Vellani
They're my school  •  Previously VP of Business Development @ BNOTIONS, Business Development Manager @ Pivotal Labs, Product and Sales Guy
Hafiz is a true hustler. He can sell ice to eskimos. I'm sure of it. He also has a very strong technology and business background in diverse ... companies as Microsoft, Accenture and Pivotal Labs